I've never been a fan of soapy TV unless accompanied by compelling circumstances. The individual character quirks are developing too quickly in "The Newsroom", for my taste. I prefer to be presented with a situation and then have people react to it. Over time, I may become interested in their individual lives. "The Walking Dead" , "Law & Order XXX", and "True Blood" are examples of shows that "did it right", IMO. Some of the characters in those shows are boring but I tolerate them because of my interest in the situation.